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Yetta M. Goodman

Regents Professor

Department of Language, Reading and Culture
College of Education, University of Arizona,
Tucson, Arizona 85721

(520) 621-7868

e-mail Yetta:: ygoodman@u.arizona.edu


A Short Selected Vita

Biographical Statement
Yetta M. Goodman is Regents Professor of Education at the University of Arizona. She consults with education departments and speaks at conferences throughout the United States and in many nations of the world regarding issues of language, teaching and learning with implications for language arts curricula. In addition to her research in early literacy, miscue analysis and in exploring reading and writing processes, she has popularized the term kidwatching encouraging teachers to be professional observers of the language and learning development of their students. She is a major spokesperson for whole language and in her extensive writing shows concern for educational issues and research with a focus on classrooms, students and teachers.

B.A. (History) 1952, M.A. (Elementary Education) 1956, Los Angeles State College. Ed.D. (Curriculum Development) 1967, Wayne State University, Detroit.

Professional Experience in Teaching and Teacher Education:  
Los Angeles City and County Schools 1952-1962 K-8th grades; Wayne State University, College of Education, Detroit, Michigan, 1963-1972; University of Michigan-Dearborn, 1967-1975.

Memberships and Offices in Professional Societies:
International Center For the Study of Literacy Processes: Board Member 1988 - Present.
National Council of Teachers of English: Executive Board Member 1976-1980; President 1979; Member 1964 - Present.
Center For Expansion of Language and Thinking: President: 1975 - 1979; Board of Directors 1970 - Present.
International Reading Association: Member 1965 - Present, Board of Directors 1994-1997.
Association For Supervision and Curriculum Development: 1962 - Present.
National Conference For Research In English: 1973 - Present.
American Education Research Association: 1970 - Present.
State and Regional IRA and NCTE Organizations.

Honors and Awards
Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award, IRA and Merrill Publishing Co., 1983.
University of Arizona Faculty Achievement Award, 1987.
Mary Frobisher Teacher Education Award - awarded by TAEYC, 1987.
Awarded: Regent's Professor, University of Arizona, 1991
Elected into the Reading Hall of Fame, 1994
NCTE Distinguished Service Award, 1994
NCTE Outstanding Educator in Language Arts, 1996

Selected Publications

(Published over 160 articles, books chapters, books, monographs, bibliographies, video and audio tapes, etc.)

Articles and Chapters

"The Roots of Literacy" Claremont Reading Conference Forty-Fourth Yearbook, M.P. Douglass (ed.), Claremont, CA: Claremont Reading Conference 1980, pp. 1-32.

with K.S. Goodman, "To Err Is Human" New York University Education Quarterly, Vol. XII, No. 4, 1981, pp. 14-19.39.

with K.S. Goodman, "Reading and Writing Relationships: Pragmatic Functions" Language Arts, Vol. 60, No. 5, May 1983. Also in Composing and Comprehending, J. Jensen (ed.) published by ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, and Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1984, pages 155-164.

"Developing Writing in a Literate Society" in Educational Horizons. Official Publication of Pi Lamda Theta. Vol. 64, No. 1., Fall 1985, pages 17-21.

"Kid Watching: Observing Children in the Classroom" Observing the Language Learner, A. Jaggar and M.T. Smith-Burke (eds.), New York University. Co-published by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, 1985, pp. 9-18.

with A. Osuna, "El Inventario de Miscues como Instrumento de Valoracion" in Lectura y Vida, 1987, pps. 22-30.

"Practical Reflections" The New Advocate, Vol. 1, No. 4, 1988, pps. 254-265.

with K. Goodman, "Vygotsky in a Whole Language Perspective" in Vygotsky and Education, L.C. Moll, (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

"Evaluating Student Growth - Informal Methods," Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts (J. Jensen, J. Flood, D. Lapp and J. Squire, eds.), Macmillan Publishing Co., 1991.

"I Never Read Such a Long Story Before," Linguistics for Teachers, Cleary, Linda M. & M.D. Linn (eds.), New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1993, pp. 325-336.

"One among Many: A Multicultural, Multilingual Perspective," Under the Whole Language Umbrella Many Cultures, Many Voices, Alan D. Flurkey and Meyher, R.J. (eds.), Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 1994, pp. 267-277.

"Defining Ourselves and Our Students as Literate," Dialogue in a Major Key Women Scholars Speak, Mary H. Maguire, (ed.), Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 1995.

"Miscue Analysis for Classroom Teachers: Some History and Some Procedures" Primary Voices, Volume 3, Number 4, November, 1995, p.2-9.

with Sandra Wilde, "Response to Barbara Burnaby's Review of Literacy Events in a Community of Young Writers," Curriculum Inquiry, Volume 25, Number 4, Winter 1995, pp. 495-497.

with Kathryn F. Whitmore "Reaching Potentials: Appropriate Curriculum and Assessment for Young Children," Personal and Social Language Literacy Histories of Young Children, 1995, pp. 145-166.

with Kenneth S. Goodman and Richard Meyer, "Continuous Evaluation in a Whole Language Preservice Program" Whole Language Voices In Teacher Education,York, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 1996, pp.256-267.

with Kathy G. Short, "Heightening Political Awareness and Action: Liberating our Teaching" Whole Language Voices In Teacher Education, York, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 1996, pp. 319-329.

"Readers' and Writers' Talk About Language" Children's Early Text Construction, Clotilde Pontecorvo, Margherita Orsolini, Barbara Burge and Lauren Resnick (eds.), Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, 1996, pp. 345-357.

with Ann M. Marek "Profiles of Readers," Retrospective Miscue Analysis, Katonah, NY: Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc., 1996, pp. 3-11.

with Ann M. Marek "Understanding the Reading Process," Retrospective Miscue Analysis, Katonah, NY: Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc., 1996, pp. 21-38.

with Alan Flurkey "Revaluing and Revelations," Retrospective Miscue Analysis, Katonah, NY: Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc., 1996, pp. 107-118.

"At the Critical Moment: RMA in Classrooms," Retrospective Miscue Analysis, Katonah, NY: Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc., 1996, pp. 189-201.

with Ann M. Marek "Revaluing Readers and Reading," Retrospective Miscue Analysis, Katonah, NY: Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc., 1996, pp. 203-207.

"Reading diagnosis--qualitative or quantitative?" RT Classic, The Reading Teacher, Volume 50, No.7, April, 1997, pp.534-538.

Books and Monographs

with D. Watson, C. Burke, Reading Miscue Inventory: Alternative Procedures. New York: Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc., 1987.

with K. Goodman and W. Hood, (eds.), The Whole Language Evaluation Book, Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1988.

How Children Construct Literacy Piagetian Perspectives, (ed.) Newark, Delaware: International Reading Association, 1990.

with K. Goodman and L. Bird, The Whole Language Catalog, Hightstown, New Jersey: American School Publishers, 1990.

with K. Goodman and W. Hood, (eds.), Organizing for Whole Language, Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1991.

with K. Goodman and L. Bird, The Whole Language Catalog: Authentic Assessment Supplement, Santa Rosa, CA: American School Publishers, 1992.

with S. Wilde, Literacy Events in a Community of Young Writers, New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 1992.

with L. Bird and K. Goodman, (eds.), The Whole Language Catalog: Forms for Authentic Assessment, New York, NY: Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company, 1994.

with Ann M. Marek, Retrospective Miscue Analysis, Katonah, NY: Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc., 1996.

with Kathryn F. Whitmore, (eds.), Whole Language Voices in Teacher Education, York, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 1996.

Notes from a KIDWATCHER Selected Writings of Yetta M. Goodman , Sandra Wilde (ed.), Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1996.